Leading a fulfilling life can mean leading a busy life as well, where you’re either giving it your all in your 9-to-5 or constantly working on ways to improve your side hustle. Because of your hectic schedule, it is likely that you’ve had days where remembering to eat is the last thing on your mind. While the most typical of instincts is to grab a cup of instant noodles or a bag of chips from the nearest convenient store, it is important to recognise that this sort of diet is not sustainable in the long run, at least health-wise.
So, what are some things that you can do to combat the effort-related drawbacks of practical eating? As the epigram goes, “A goal without a plan is just a wish.” In order to eat more healthily in spite of your busy schedule, prepping your meals ahead of time is the way to go. Take some time over the weekend to do your weekly grocery shopping, and then prepare all of your meals (don’t forget breakfast!) in advance by portioning them out beforehand. You could also do some research online to find out more about fun and ingenious ways to create healthy meals with a variety of ingredients that you know you’ll enjoy, before you head to the supermarket to purchase them.
Understandably, there might be some days when you forget to prepare meals in advance. Resorting to takeout might be a less favourable option, but that doesn’t mean you can’t eat healthily either! It is advisable to keep a couple of menus on hand, perhaps on your phone or on your desk, which contain nutritious options that you love. For instance, healthy meals like avocado honey toast or chicken salads that hold off on the dressing are both easy on the body and palate-friendly. With a go-to list of foods that you can turn to, you’ll be able to easily pick and order in a nutritious meal, without having to spend too much time deciding on what to fill your stomach.
When push comes to shove, however, you may find yourself checking into the nearest convenience store or grocery mart, especially when you’re pressed for time. While this isn’t ideal, some foods that you can consider purchasing for a quick but semi-healthy meal include:
- Protein: Hard/soft-boiled eggs, cheese, protein bars, beef jerky, sugar-free yogurt
- Vegetables: Salad or easy-to-consume raw vegetables like carrots
- Carbs: Fresh fruits or fruit salad
- Fats: Mixed nuts, hummus, peanuts
With these tips, you’ll be better equipped to deal with those busy days when eating a nutritious meal is shaping out to be the least of your concerns. The most crucial thing however, is to remain mentally prepared and with conviction – the only way to curb the vicious cycle of eating out of convenience is to remain firm by reminding yourself not to fall back into old habits. Yes – be practical about your decisions, but don’t let it come at the expense of your well-being.